Im working on my 5th year with a local theater doing "A Christmas Carol" now that Im pretty established here I get to try new things, and this year I really want to do some prosthetics (nose and chin) for Scrooge.
Problem is I have 30 minutes for full makeup and hair for Scrooge (stress) but Im sure I can handle it after a few tech rehearsals. Ive also never used prosthetics before...I would love to hear some tips, and how long it takes to apply/dry? will they stay on the whole performace??
30 minutes is an extremely short amount of time to do prosthetics and whole face. You definitely want to do plenty of trial runs beforehand. I recommend using airbrush to quickly apply color and blend. Also research cost for the company's budget. Prosthetics are expensive and you can't use them more than once. I recommend foam latex as I find it the easiest to apply and the most comfortable for the talent to wear. If applied properly, the prosthetics will stay for the entire show. Do your homework on all supplies needed and if the talent has any allergies.
I know the time is crazy...every year its a new challenge but I know I can handle it once I have all tech rehearsals to practice. The actor playing scrooge works his day job until 5:30pm which is call... so hoping he gets to the theater by 6pm the Director would like him to be finished by 6:30pm. The show is at 7pm. Im not exactly sure there is anything I can do about that
I will look into reusable prosthetics. I don't think the theater could afford to buy a new one for each performance, as there are 3 weeks of performances and 1 week of tech rehearsals. If it is not possible, I can just age him with creme makeup as I do every year. I just thought I would give it a try!
Thanks everyone for the input, I love having MM to help me with work things!